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B12 Deficiency Peripheral Neuropathy

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AIDS InfoNet

Peripheral Neuropathy

...problems, or other factors. Risk factors for PN include higher HIV viral load, diabetes, age greater than 50, and heavy alcohol use. Other risk factors are the use of cocaine or amphetamines, cancer treatments, thyroid disease, or deficiency of vitamin B12 or vitamin E. A study in 2009 found that Hispanics may have a higher rate of PN. The researchers suggest followup studies. Several HIV drugs can cause PN. The most important are the "d"...
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Myelopathy

My partner was dignosed with AIDS Nov 9, 2009 after developing streccosus pnuemonia. During that time in the hosptial he became very weak in his legs and he couldnt walk on his own. He was released from the hospital after a months time. He is now at...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...peripheral nerve problems that could impact leg/bladder function. As you note often very frustrating situation. In some cases peripheral neuropathy can be worsened by vitamin deficiency (such as B12) or conditions like syphilis. If vitamin B12... Read more »

NEUROPATHY

ARE THERE ANY NEW TREATMENTS FOR NEUROPATHY. I FIND IT SO HARD TO WALK CERTAIN DAYS. AND I DON'T DRIVE SO I HAVE TO WALK TO THE STORES. DOES WALKING EVERY DAY HELP NEROPATHY AT ALL? AND WAHT ABOUT THE TRANSDERMAL PATCH THAT IS BEING TALKED ABOUT....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...that can produce painful feet. There are some neuropathies that are very treatable, such as those caused by thyroid problems, vitamin B12 deficiency or pressure on a nerve that can be relieved. 2. Discontinue any neuropathy-aggravating HIV... Read more »

Vitamin b 12 deficiency...help I'm perplexed

After experiencing some numbness & tingling I went to my doctor. After a whole series of blood tests my b-12 came back low. 186. I am not a vegetarian, I eat well, Schilling's test is normal......What could be wrong with me? Is this the beginning...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
If you have any worry about HIV get tested! We can treat HIV very successfully today. Schilling tests are not always perfect and sometimes you have to do it with intrinsic factor. At any rate, B 12 injections will help you dramatically! Investigate... Read more »

Hip and finger tips (PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY)

Dear Doctor:I have been positive for only 3 years and I have never been on any HIV meds yet, but I may go on soon. I am at 411 T cells, 15% and 30k VL. I am taking Valtrex to keep shingles away, two anti histamines, amoxicillin for sore throat,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,For issue #1, you want me to "please say it is not PN." OK, it's not PN. (You can read about HIV-related PN below.)For issue #2, that your hip discomfort "has gotten better with time" would argue against avascular necrosis. That gets worse with... Read more »
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The Well Project

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV/AIDS

... Older age (greater than 50) Medical conditions (for example, diabetes) Alcoholism Neurotoxic drugs Vitamin B12 deficiency (rarely) Neurotoxic drugs include many that are used to treat HIV or HIV-relatedconditions. The... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Understanding and Managing Peripheral Neuropathy

...addition to HIV can cause DSPN, including diabetes, alcoholism, thyroid disease, syphilis, hepatitis C, kidney disease, and vitamin B12 deficiency. A careful clinical history and laboratory testing are used to rule out these conditions. Use of... Read more »
Women Alive

Women and Anemia

...>98-115. AZT and d4T can lead to a false elevation of the MCV without causing anemia. Peripheral neuropathy can be caused from a vitamin B12 deficiency and the symptoms may be resolved with vitamin B12 replacement. HIV-infection can in a small... Read more »
The Body PRO

An Update on the Diagnosis and Management of HIV-Associated Peripheral Neuropathy

...involves numerous approaches. Correcting metabolic (diabetes, thyroid abnormalities, or alcoholism) or nutritional causes (such as vitamin B12 deficiency), optimizing virologic control and stopping any neurotoxic agents are the cornerstones of PN... Read more »
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Seroconversion and Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
This is a question for anyone who is living with HIV or who has recently been diagnosed as HIV positive: Did any of you experience the numbness/tingling in the feet, legs, hands and arms during your seroconversion? If so . . . for what period of... Read more »

Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...dear jackie blue, my doctor says that i have Peripheral Neuropathy,but my elizer test is still neg at 8-9months. should i need to keep testing until one year.... as im very stressed out.i recently Read more »

Seroconversion and Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
This is a question for anyone who is living with HIV or who has recently been diagnosed as HIV positive: Did any of you experience the numbness/tingling in the feet, legs, hands and arms during your seroconversion? If so . . . for what period of... Read more »

Peripheral Neuropathy - L-Carnetine

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Greetings! Just thought I would post the following info, it is based strictly on my personal experience and is not a recommendation. I am a long-term survivor(21 years) and in general good health. Last year I successfully complete a course of... Read more »